Mary Lou Prince is pleased to be leading the effort to bring an Encore Chorale to Salt Lake. The Chorale, which she will conduct, will begin rehearsals in September 2013.
Mary Lou Prince brings 35 years of professional experience as a conductor, composer and music educator to the Salt Lake Encore Chorale. In Arizona she created two choirs for older adults, the Santa Rita Chorale and the La Posada Singers. In addition to their regularly scheduled public performances, The Santa Rita Chorale became part of the community by singing at memorial services in the Tucson Medical Center Hospice Chapel and by participating in Interfaith Worship services around the Tucson area. Performances of Prince's music by the Chorale raised money for residents of the city dump site in Nogales, Mexico, "Comin' Home", an organization in Tucson dedicated to helping homeless veterans find permanent housing, and to the Red Cross for victims of the tsunami in Japan.
In 2010, Prince formed a women's chorus to perform music that she composed for the musical theater piece "Man from Magdalena". All of the singers were over the age of 60, one of them was 83. From 2010-2012 the play was performed in three states and 50% of all gross proceeds were sent to micro loans in Mexico and Central America through the organization Kiva. Proceeds from performances have now underwritten over $70,000 to small business owners in those countries.
The La Posada Singers were residents of a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Green Valley, AZ. They performed annual Autumn and Spring concerts, and sang monthly to residents in the care facilities on campus including Assisted Living, the Alzheimer's unit and the Full Time Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Prince lived in Kanazawa Japan for 24 years, composing and performing music for Japanese instruments. She and playwright Patty Willis co-founded a theater group and performed collaborative work at international theater festivals in Japan, Scotland and the U.S. Her work won national composing awards and was featured on NHK Television, BBC Radio, Voice of America, Asahi Television and Kanazawa television stations. Prior to her time in Japan, she lived in Los Angeles and taught choral music in elementary, junior high and high schools, music history for UCLA Extension courses, and conducted church choirs.
She holds a Master's Degree in Music Composition from Brigham Young University and spent a year in Paris studying composition with Nadia Boulanger.